About the Book:
You count a pregnancy by weeks and Kayla Aimee had only ticked off 24 of the 40 when she unexpectedly went into labor. She thought her church upbringing had prepared her for every circumstance but when tragedy struck and threatened to take the life of her newborn daughter, it felt as though once solid ground had turned to glass beneath her feet, destined to shatter everything she held sacred.
When swept into a story of suffering, we all find ourselves vulnerable, questioning everything we thought we knew as we wonder, “Where is God in this?” With everything feeling as fragile as her one and a half pound daughter, Kayla finds herself asking that same question as she faces her greatest fear: that she may have finally become a mother just to lose her only child.
Both poignant and humorous, Anchored recounts Kayla’s gripping story of learning to navigate her newfound motherhood in the most unexpected of ways, from holidays in the hospital and middle-of-the-night phone calls to the joy of coming home. With vulnerability and plenty of wit, Kayla lays bare her struggle to redefine her faith, her marriage, and herself within the context of a tragedy she never saw coming. For anyone who has felt their faith in God falter, Anchored extends a gentle invitation to join her as she uncovers a hope that holds.
As soon as I heard about this book, I knew I wanted to read it. In it, Kayla Aimee tells about her journey through having a micro-preemie, Scarlette. My Grasshopper was a micro-preemie, weighing 1 lb, 8 ounces. While our stories are very different, they are also very similar. I saw my own story in hers often, and with those memories, there was both pain and joy. It's a tough journey to survive, but we all made it through, thanks to God!
Anchored officially gets the award for making me cry more than any other book! What's so great about it is the humor intertwined through the pain. Often, I was laughing while also crying. I truly loved her humor!
I also felt comfort that I wasn't alone with many of my feelings, like the sadness and anger that my body failed my baby. (I had a "bad placenta", due to no fault of my own, even if I blamed myself, and my Grasshopper wasn't getting the oxygen or nutrients he needed to survive.) Also, I'm typically a pretty easy going person when dealing with other people. (The girl at Sonic would disagree as I recently told her they should change the email title from "Treat Your Kids to $1.99 Wacky Packs" to "Treat ONE OF YOUR KIDS to a $1.99 Wacky Pack" if they were only going to let me use one coupon and I could only use that one coupon for one meal.) ;) Still, I'm usually pretty easygoing concerning the public when I'm not losing my mind. I've always wondered if I over-reacted to reporting a nurse and removing her from Grasshopper's bedside while he was in the NICU. Reading Kayla Aimee's story made me feel better about that decision. It's never okay to stomp your foot in frustration, huff, and then GLARE at a tiny baby in anger because their beeping monitors interrupted a conversation, especially not in front of that baby's parents, and especially not when you're being paid to take care of that baby. It's also not okay for the same nurse to bring her germ-y children at the height of flu season into the NICU(against the rules, anyway), especially when not washing their hands, and especially when they were EATING, which was also against the rules, and especially when giving the wrong germs to my baby struggling to survive could have killed him. I was reminded that I made the right choice. We NEED to know that our precious baby is being cared for while we're away. Mercy, y'all. There were some horrible nurses happening in that NICU that were in the wrong line of work. There were also some wonderful, amazing men and women, and memories of them warm my heart! If you have a little one in the NICU, this book might give you the encouragement to do what you feel is best for him/her, even if it hurts someone's feelings.
Anchored covers life just before Scarlette was born, all the way through after coming home from the hospital, with various other memoir type life events and memories thrown in throughout. It was comforting to see someone else that had been through the therapists and doctors after coming home, and questioning whether we might be pushing too much, too soon, but also noticing the lack of milestones. And, even knowing that severe anxiety is part of the package. My Grasshopper is still tiny for his age, but he's doing so good, and this book has helped remind me to be grateful for how far he's come.
If you've had a micro-preemie that pulled through the struggle, you'll probably connect with this book. If you've never had one, I still recommend it, just so you can understand, just a tiny bit, some of the hardships these mommies are facing.
*I was provided an ARC, in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anchored: Finding Hope in the Unexpected
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I recently heard of a family grieving the loss of their own little micro-preemie. Even while in the NICU, I saw many of them come and go, and since leaving I've heard of many losses. My heart and my tears and my prayers are with each and every one of you!
I ordered this picture for a grieving family from ChristianFineArt a few years back. I chickened out of giving it to them, because I realized pictures like this offend some people. I would like it to go to someone that would love to have it, though, because I think it's beautiful. (I haven't posted a photo of the picture due to my fear of copyright issues, so click over to see it.)
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-Ends June 30, 2015(Sorry the time frame for these are so short, but I'm taking July away from blogging, so I need to end it before then.)